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Old 05-15-2018, 04:00 PM   #2
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Generally, yes, target shooting is allowed on state land in the Adirondacks outside of any developed day use areas or campgrounds. A few important considerations:
  • You cannot use breakable targets. This includes glass bottles (or glass of any kind), clay pigeons, etc.
  • You cannot shoot at trees, or have a target adhered to a tree in a way that shooting at it will cause damage to the tree.
  • You must ensure that you have a safe backdrop. I.e., pick a spot where you're shooting into the side of a hill, and have a good view of what lies beyond your target. If you don't do this, you can be charged with reckless endangerment. (I know air rifles are less dangerous... but to quote somebody's mother, "you could still put someone's eye out." )
  • You technically do need to carry everything out with you. You should at least make an honest attempt to pick up all stray pellets- don't leave the area a mess with plastic or metal BB's scattered around (or whatever you're using). In general, metal BB's are probably better as the environmental impact is less if you miss a few.
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